Bear rules considered for Jackson Hole


Wildlife advocates see Teton County’s upcoming revised Lands Development Regulation on feeding wildlife as an opportunity to set a national standard for how communities and wildlife can peacefully co-exist and thrive.

The planning commission is set to meet Monday to review a draft plan that will include rules aimed to help residents reduce the risk of attracting wildlife onto their property. But Kristin Combs with Wyoming Wildlife Advocates says people don’t have to wait for the final plan to prevent encounters that can be dangerous for people and frequently deadly for animals.

Combs said, “Really making sure that you have fencing that is high enough. The ideal situation is an electric fence. If bears get zapped, they learn pretty quick that that’s not an OK food source. They are highly unlikely to return to that area. And the same with beehives.”

The commission is expected to deliver the plan to Teton County commissioners for approval in February.

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